As the semester winds down, it is safe to say that the vast majority of the student population is beginning to feel the pressure. What better way to deal with finals anxiety than by going back to your childhood?  This Thursday, April 27th, the James A. Cannavino Library will be hosting Story Fest, a celebration of Marist students’ favorite books from their younger days.

Elizabeth Clarke, the research librarian at Marist, came up with the initial idea for Story Fest when she decided to create a survey on students’ favorite children’s books.  “A lot of students come and borrow our collection of children’s books and invariably, when they go out or come back, the librarians and the students who work at the library start talking about our favorites,” Clarke said.  “This, in many ways, inspired me to expand it to the whole campus and ask what their favorites were.  Then, in collaboration with Dr. Fitzgibbons and Meghan, it became an event rather than just a survey.”

The “Meghan” in question is Meghan Jones, an honors student who created a children’s book as part of her senior thesis project.  Jones originally wrote a draft of the book in high school, but decided to update and revise it to make it more refined. Dr. Moira Fitzgibbons reached out to Jones about the project and got involved from there.

“I’ve been counting the votes…and I’ll be making a PowerPoint of the rankings that will be played at the event,” Jones said.  “I’ve already been exposed to so many kids’ books I’d never heard of before, and it’s also jogged my memory of these great books I’d totally forgotten about. I think it’ll be a great way to reminisce and geek out about the books we loved when we were kids.”

Story Fest takes place from 4-5:30 pm on the main floor of the library.  You can cast your vote for your favorite children’s book on the library website! Good luck with the end of the semester and happy reading!


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